By DANIELA ITOE NGUM
Mbonge Council in Meme Division, South West Region has handed this year’s minimum package worth over FCFA 20million to some 81 schools within the Mbonge municipality.
The items which include study materials, sporting outfits and Covid-19 preventive kits were distributed to the administrators of the 81 institutions by the Mayor of Mbonge Council, Chief Daniel Matta Mokambe, in the presence of the Inspector of Basic Education for Mbonge Sub-Division, Elio Njie Peter, on November 20, at the Kumba City Council Banquet hall.
Addressing the teachers, the Mayor of Mbonge Council, Chief Daniel Matta Mokambe said the effective resumption of schools in his municipality served as the motivating factor for the provision of the materials, given the fact that schools have not been operational for the past four years in this part of the country.
“The South West Region for the past years had crisis that impeded schools but this 2020/2021 academic year, the resumption has been so encouraging that most primary schools have gone operational; in my municipality I can assure you almost all the schools are operating if not in the school premises but in the villages. This gave me that push to request from the state the assistance which usually comes every year in the form of didactic materials’, Mayor Mokambe said.
“Earlier, I was at the Sub-Divisional headquarters to distribute back-to-school items such as school bags, books and more to the first set of students who came to school. We had a total population of 761 school children including lay private and mission schools”, Mayor Mokambe furthered.
The Mayor appealed to the teachers to ensure that the items are effectively utilised in their various institutions and not for personal motives.
He equally called on parents to encourage their children not to look at their ages given the number of years spent at home but to brave the odds and go back to further their education for the betterment of their future.
The Inspector of Basic Education for Mbonge Sub-Division, Elio Njie Peter, while receiving the items for his municipality thanked the government for the materials which he noted will go a long way to enhance the learning process in these schools. He further assured the Mayor that the materials will be put in good use.